Thursday, August 27, 2015

Upper Rochester Falls, August 27, 2015

Photos by Astrid T.
A small group of seven hiked to Upper Rochester Falls today.  Very little water at the falls, and levels are down substantially.  Still, the scenery is beautiful and we all enjoyed lunch on the rocks overlooking the pond.  Total distance just over 9 kms.  Thanks Ron!   PHOTOS

Horne Lake Loop, August 22, 2015

Photos by William T.
Nine hikers, led by Emily, rounded the Horne Lake loop today.  Evidence of the fire from a few years ago is still visible.  Lunch was had at the lookout before we slid and slithered our way down the hill on the return.  PHOTOS

Horne Lake/Sherriff Creek, August 15, 2015

Photos by William T.
No commentary supplied.  PHOTOS

***** No Child Should Have to Take the Long Way Home - Follow up *****

This is a follow up to the initial contact from Lorraine Loranger who is planning to walk from Victoria B.C. to Ingonish N.S. next year. She is attempting to raise awareness for the housing problems of Inuit in Northern Quebec (Nunavik).

To all,

All my efforts are directed to let people know what the reality of the Inuit is. As you will read on the blog, the Inuit are working hard, but they have many obstacles with which they contend. Following the report of Reconciliation and Truth, I have been meeting mayors and decision-makers in different communities of my 8000 kilometer walk. You will be able to follow me on my walk as I cross Canada from Victoria, BC to the county of Victoria in Nova Scotia (Ingonish).  

Lorraine Loranger 

No Child Should Have to Take the Long Way Home Aucun enfant ne devrait avoir à faire un détour pour retourner chez lui
Lorraine Loranger 7255 Rue des Gaspareaux, Terrebonne Tel: 438-863-5454 

No Child Should Have to Take the Long Way Home is about helping children in need of a caring, loving and secure family environment to meet basic needs for food, health and protection, shelter and education. To find out how you can help, visit
Aucun enfant ne devrait avoir à faire un détour pour retourner chez lui est à propos d’aider des enfants qui ont besoin de soins, de protection, d'amour et d’un environnement familial stable pour répondre à leurs besoins fondamentaux de nourriture, de santé,de logement et d'éducation. Pour savoir comment vous pouvez aider, visiter

Thursday, August 20, 2015

***** Welcome Fall Pizza Night *****

Come one, come all to our second annual pizza night on Thursday, September 10th.  5 pm for social and punch, dinner at 5:30.  Includes a variety of pizza choices, caesar salad/veggie tray, and dessert squares/fruit, tea/coffee/water, all for $10!  RSVP to Sheila at 848-3105 or Donna at 461-7958   Deadline for RSVP is Friday, September 4th please!!

***** Saturday, August 22 Hike *****

Attention hikers for the August 22 hike !!! We will meet behind the Pearson Civic Centre building instead of Sears Parking Lot. This change is due to the Downtown Block Party.

***** General Meeting May 26, 2015 Minutes *****

                                                    General Meeting May 26, 2015

Members present - 26

Meeting opened at 7:00 pm by Jim M. , welcoming all, including new members

Minutes of Meeting of April 2, 2015 were read, motion to approve by Phil B and seconded by Astrid T, motion carried

Secretary-Treasurer Report

Donna C presented the treasurers report of all incoming and outgoing funds since our April 2 meeting

Newsletters from VTA are available on table

Motion to approve the report by Gerry R and seconded by Gerry J, motion carried

Trail Master Report

Ron T thanked all those who helped clearing trails

Semi White trail was in need of a cleanup

Mt Baldy trail clearing possible the first Friday of July, to be crossed by boats to get there

Route 66 trail clearing possibly in June – to be discussed with Debbie Berthelot first

The trails of Banana Lake, Porcupine trail, High Rocks trail were suggested for clearing

Paavo V suggested a new trail to clear for snowshoeing

Old Business
Suggestions for charitable donations were made now that we received our stipend
A motion to donate $ 150.00 to Special Olympics was made by Phil B and seconded by Shirley Y, all were in favor
To motion to donate $ 150.00 to Club 90 was made by Gerry J and seconded by Emily W, all were in favor

Two volunteers are needed to lead 2 easy hikes and a geocache for Elliot Lake 60th celebrations June 28

Ideas for more trail signs needed , but not on mine property

Our club came in 2nd in the trivia contest in April


Inform the hike leader or sweep if you leave the trail for any reason
If on mine property, keep emergency # to get a gate unlocked in case of emergency
Put sweeps name of sign-up sheets
Membership dues payable directly to the Soo, let Donna know when done
New members notify Donna to put your name of membership list right away
If paddle outings are on blog, make sure it says “ NOT a VTA sanctioned hike”
New sign up sheets are to be used for the collection of club stats by Jim M

New Business

Volunteers needed to help Sheila organize the Christmas Party December 3 at the Moose

Volunteers needs to help organize “ Spring Forward into Wellness” booth of June 20

Pizza nite in September to be announced at a later date

Hike Leader renewals will be available from Gerry J, fill in sheet if older than 2011

Hike Leaders Course will be May 30, sign up if interested

Volunteers needed in Mississagi Park

Think about new executive for November meeting

Jim M and Ron T are on Shared Use of Trail Committee

George H is looking after Youth Rangers Project

Upcoming Events 2015

Highway Cleanup will be sometime in Sept/Oct.

Our club will be Park Ambassadors again at Mississagi Park

Our club will be involved with the Lumberjack Days at Mississagi Park the long weekend in August

Next hike leader meeting will be September 8 in the clubhouse at 2:30

General meetings will be September and November of this year

Christmas Party December 3 at the Moose

Motion to adjourn meeting at 7:45 by Michelle R and seconded by Marty T

Minutes of Meeting prepared by Donna Condon

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Esten Beach, August 11, 2015

Photos by Astrid T.
A good sized crowd of 18 hikers today as Sheila and Astrid led a hike to Esten Beach along the ATV Trail.  Four of the group had a refreshing swim in Esten Lake at lunch.  Congrats to Sheila for leading her first hike!  PHOTOS

Monday, August 10, 2015

***** Site Availability at Mississagi Park *****

We have had a cancellation at the park so we have site 42 available for the following days: 
20 - 31 August;
All of September.
Call Jim at 848 6035


Monday's leisure hike is cancelled due to thunderstorms in the forecast for this morning, so we will be going for coffee at McD's.